Friday, 12 February 2010

Lose 'the principles of Conductive Education'

And teach the people

Two days ago a posting on Conductive World drew attention to Jennifer Thayer's blog asking what she might read about Conductive Eduction – something helpful to her as a mother If you haven't read what she has written, it is well worth doing so:


Checking back this morning I see that she has attracted quite a few responses (interesting to see who have written and who have not – and to wonder about this...).

Jennifer has also attracted a posting on Gill Maguire's blog:


Norman Perrin has tweeted what he thinks:

Read this & try not to be moved


Where it's gotta be

A couple of days ago, I wrote:

…I should do more to bring home the bacon to families who need it, write a little more about upbringing rather than pedagogy, look to ways to get others to write who have a more practical contribution to offer than mine own, look to parents' movements as potentially the only wave strong enough to sweep CE up on to the shore.

With this in mind I have posted a further brief comment on Jennifer's blog, to re-emphasise a simple vade mecum for anyone confronted with the now colossal 'literature' in Conductive Education:

I would like to offer a simple rule-of-thumb tool to help you (and everyone else) clear a way through all the garbage that you will find to read on Conductive Education.

Simply cast aside ANYTHING that talks about 'the principles of Conductive Education'. It is just possible that you might miss something of value by doing this, but you will avoid a load of tosh and clutter, and in doing so clear yourself a lot of intellectual space to move around in and consider what else you do find.

Good luck...

Whose job is it anyway?

Hell, it shouldn't have to be mine. Not in 2010. Nor, though it is nice to have the reassurance of those other folk who wrote in to Jennifer's blog, is it theirs either.

There are highly paid people out there (how many, how highly paid: interesting measures of the scope of the conductive movement) whose task is to provide CE services. If it is anybody's responsibility to guide parents (amd others )into what they might read – among other ways of developing conscious understandings of conductive upbringing – it is theirs. Some surely do, but I would hardly be risking a week's pension if I bet it all on there being plenty of centers, centres, camps, private arrangements etc., in which the possibility of the printed word never arises.

Of course there is the excuse that there is little available that is suitable. And there is the obvious response: WRITE YOUR OWN.

There are also people out there finding the money for all these salaries, not least in many places the parents who are themselves the fee-paying customers. Is it now surely beyond time for these to start requiring (demanding) comprehensive service – and that includes proper orientation and education of parents along with everyone else involved...

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